In a proactive move to position Nigeria as a prominent player in the global digital market, the director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Inuwa Abdullahi has called on global investors to explore the flourishing digital landscape of the country.
This commitment was reiterated during a courtesy visit by the Seidor team, led by the Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria, Juan Seli to the corporate headquarters of NITDA. Representing the DG, the director of information technology (IT) infrastructure solutions (ITIS), Dr. Usman Abdullahi Gambo expressed the historical significance of the visit, emphasising the multitude of collaborative opportunities available.
Highlighting key areas of potential collaboration, including talent management, innovations, local content, and capacity building, the director-general outlined NITDA’s ongoing projects, both internally and on behalf of other government agencies. Notably, the creation of the National Centre of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) was emphasised as a pivotal initiative to create an environment conducive to discovering and harnessing the innovative ideas of Nigeria’s youth for national development.
“In realising the objectives of the centre, the youth population is consistently challenged to channel their ingenuity toward creating solutions that address challenges across all sectors of the economy, tackling immediate and future problems with global impact,” remarked Abdullahi.
The director-general also highlighted the 3MTT programme, an initiative by the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation & Digital Economy, aiming to build the capacity of three million Nigerians. This programme aligns with the vision of creating two million digital jobs by 2025, as envisaged by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Assuring the Seidor team of NITDA’s readiness to deepen discussions for collaboration, Abdullahi expressed optimism about the mutual benefits that could result from the partnership. He emphasised the agency’s commitment to fostering innovative technologies and digital solutions.
Seli acknowledged the pivotal role NITDA plays in the technology ecosystem and expressed gratitude for the agency’s willingness to collaborate. The Spanish delegation, represented by Jaume Feuntes, a SEIDOR representative, presented the company as a technology consulting firm dedicated to promoting organisational competitiveness and transformation based on technological opportunities and business knowledge. The company emphasizes the value of the human factor, talent acquisition and social development.
As discussions progressed, both parties recognized the potential for deepening bilateral relations and committed to further technical meetings and collaborations. The Spanish delegation expressed openness to recommendations and advice from NITDA, recognising the central role the agency plays in the technology ecosystem.
The meeting concluded with an optimistic outlook for future collaboration, reflecting a shared commitment to leveraging technology for mutual benefit and social development.